Welcome to the Baccy Bygones website. You may think that this is a controversial subject for a website - well, we don't attempt to condone or condemn smoking, we are just interested in the items of tobacco related memorabilia which have been produced over the years.
Let us introduce ourselves. We are Alan and Jo Waterhouse, we are ex-publicans, and though we are both non-smokers now, we have spent many a night in a smoke filled tap room, where over the years we have accumulated a collection of tobacco related items. These items often date back to a time when smoking was considered fashionable and they spark fond memories of the characters who regularly used them, both family members and pub customers.We realised that as tobacco advertising is now being actively discouraged, the paraphernalia associated with smoking is likely to become more collectable, so we decided to set up a website dealing in tobacciana. We are sure that there are many other collectors out there who do not want to see these lovely pieces disappear - they are, after all, a part of our history.
Our website has sections selling advertising ashtrays and water jugs, which were produced by well known ceramic manufacturers and distributed by tobacco companies to promote their products. We also have a section selling match strikers and match holders which have, of late, become extremely collectable.
We have included a section for cigarette cases and a couple of pages for cigarette lighters - again both areas which attract a lot of attention from collectors worldwide, as these items were once used to help portray an image of high class and sophistication. For the pipe smokers, there is a page of collectable tobacco tins which should invoke memories of all those old tobacco brands.
We enjoy hearing from collectors from all over the world, so please feel free to contact us and tell us about your own collection. Hope you don't find our website a drag!!
This website was last updated on 2nd April 2017. If there is anything that catches your eye, drop us an email and we will be happy to reserve the item for you.